The Day – New London leads freshmen to victory in Waterford
Waterford – Here’s what faced New London High School on Tuesday night:
Look to snap a four-game losing streak at Francis X. Sweeney Fieldhouse, where the Whalers hadn’t won in six years. And then do it with most of the responsibility on two freshmen.
Not necessarily the most uplifting circumstances. Turns out the night was just another illustration that the Whalers don’t have two of the best freshmen in the Eastern Conference in Connecticut, but quite possibly in the entire state.
Da’Shaun Phillips led the way with 16 points and Savahn Warren added 15 as the Whalers effectively ended the streak with a 49-40 win over Waterford. It was New London‘s first X win since 2016.
“Our freshmen have been steady all year,” said New London coach Craig Parker. “Both played very well tonight. We got back on track. We have a good team, but we got a little sidetracked due to circumstances. I think we can be a competitive team not only locally but also in the state.”
The Whalers (10-6) used a 7-0 streak early in the third period to break the tie 22-22. Waterford (12-5) didn’t come within seven in the fourth quarter. Rhodia Perry, held two points in the first half, finished with 12. Bebo Martinez had four late free throws to help the Whalers hold on to the lead.
“Me and Da’Shaun, we played a lot together,” Warren said. “We have chemistry.”
There is no need to explain the impact of freshmen on Waterford coach Bill Bassett.
“The play that I will take away from this game is Phillips diving to the floor after a loose ball,” Bassett said. “That’s the kind of effort I hope I can get out of the Lancers.”
Sean O’Connell led Waterford with 20 points. Logan Peabody added 10.
“When you’re playing like we’ve been playing all year, every possession counts,” Bassett said. “If you score in the 90s, you can afford turnovers and things like that because you have more possessions. But not when you score in the 40s. You just can’t give up offensive rebounds. You just can’t turn it It’s the little things And the other thing about tonight is they just outplayed us.